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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||navaid : zzz.vor|
|Altitude||msl single value : 11000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zzz.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||A109|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Affiliation||company : corporate|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 10500
flight time type : 150
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
We had started our work day early with a body recovery. Returning later that afternoon; with no patients on board the aircraft; we (the crew) wanted to look at the morning recovery area from altitude. The recovery had taken place near 8700 ft level; so we flew over the area close to 10000 ft. Upon leaving the area we climbed to about 11000 ft to clear the west ridgeline. I did not know about a hiking trail traversing that western ridge. It runs nearly the complete ridgeline; a distance of 2-3 mi. As we were nearing the ridge; we noticed a number of hikers along the ridgeline trail; but with our fast closure rate it was unavoidable that we flew near a couple hikers as we cleared the ridge.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AGUSTA 109 PLT FLIES BELOW FAR REQUIRED CLRNC ALT IN MOUNTAINOUS AREA.
Narrative: WE HAD STARTED OUR WORK DAY EARLY WITH A BODY RECOVERY. RETURNING LATER THAT AFTERNOON; WITH NO PATIENTS ON BOARD THE ACFT; WE (THE CREW) WANTED TO LOOK AT THE MORNING RECOVERY AREA FROM ALT. THE RECOVERY HAD TAKEN PLACE NEAR 8700 FT LEVEL; SO WE FLEW OVER THE AREA CLOSE TO 10000 FT. UPON LEAVING THE AREA WE CLBED TO ABOUT 11000 FT TO CLEAR THE W RIDGELINE. I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT A HIKING TRAIL TRAVERSING THAT WESTERN RIDGE. IT RUNS NEARLY THE COMPLETE RIDGELINE; A DISTANCE OF 2-3 MI. AS WE WERE NEARING THE RIDGE; WE NOTICED A NUMBER OF HIKERS ALONG THE RIDGELINE TRAIL; BUT WITH OUR FAST CLOSURE RATE IT WAS UNAVOIDABLE THAT WE FLEW NEAR A COUPLE HIKERS AS WE CLEARED THE RIDGE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.